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So how about a base V8 Camaro?

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This thread that had a bunch of rumors in it, one of which was a Camaro with a V8 under $22,000, got me thinking: Why not put a V8 in the base Camaro? It'd be great for advertising, and would basically compete with Ford's V6 Mustang. Even if it didn't have 300HP, it'd still be better than the Mustang's 210HP V6.

What about fuel mileage you say? If GM does a Gen IV 4800 with DOD, I'm guessing it'd get pretty good mileage. The 5.3L LS4 with DOD in the Impala gets 18MPG city and 28 MPG highway, and weighs 3700lbs. The difference in weight should be enough to give the Camaro a bump of 1-2 MPG alone, and the 4800 should get better mileage than the 5300. Even if GM went with the 3900 I'm not sure it'd get much better mileage; the 3900 gets 19MPG city and 27MPG highway, which is pretty comparable to what the LS4 gets in the Impala SS. Finally, a Mustang V6 gets 19 MPG city/28 MPG highway, so a base Camaro V8 with DOD would get comparable numbers, if not better.

Our insiders have said that the rumors (at least most of them) are not true, so I'm not sure we'll see a Camaro with a V8 standard, but I don't see why it couldn't work. The Camaro had been unsucessful against the Mustang in the last few years it was around, so why not get a leg up on the Mustang and offer standard V8 power? Just imagine the marketing... "The new Camaro comes with a standard 285HP V8 and gets better mileage than the Mustang V6."

Anyways, here's my proposed Camaro lineup:
Base - 4.8L DOD - 285HP
Z/28 - 5.3L DOD - 365HP
SS - 6.2L "LS3" - 425HP

Thoughts?
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Isn't insurance for V8 models more expensive than the V6 counterparts? Plus I think GM should have a real cheap 3900 version that takes full advantage of the best attributes of pushrod V6s: compact, good mileage, and cheap.
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I have always liked the idea of a V8 muscle car with minimal options, even down to plain wheels and hubcaps. Something so basic but yet so exciting. I like the contrast.
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Isn't insurance for V8 models more expensive than the V6 counterparts? Plus I think GM should have a real cheap 3900 version that takes full advantage of the best attributes of pushrod V6s: compact, good mileage, and cheap.

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I agree. I think there needs to be a V6 model Camaro to bring the price of entry below 20K and to go after the V6 Mustang (where most of the Mustang's sales usually come from). The 3900 is probably the most realistic choice for use in a V6 Camaro, though I'd personally love an I6 (dreaming).
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Some will say "yeah I'd get a brand new Camaro if they still made 'em", then end up getting an old one anyway. Biggest competition to any new Camaro is the big after market for restored 69's.
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They only manuifactured 243,000 Caamros in 1969... the demand FAR exceedes the supply. If we're lucky there's 100,000 of them on the road and drivable and another 40,000 sittign in backyards and barns waiting to be rescued. There's PLENTY of people who want a '69 but can't afford one.. hell I'm one of them! Mean time thought my heart says keep the Camaro V8 only my brain says we need the Secretary's model V6 for the rental car companies young guys & girls. Look at NOS, he might not been able to afford a V8 and insure it at the same time.
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If there was a base Camaro, with a V8 (or even an option) I'd wouldn't feel any shame in getting one.. unlike a V6 model
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Add a ZL1 if the SS only makes 425...

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I don't see a need for a Camaro to have more than 425-450HP. If there were to be a ZL1 with say 475HP, who is honestly going to buy it for $45k or whatever over a base Vette that will have 450HP by that time? Unless you REALLY need the back seat (if it's even usable), what's the point?

I guess a V6 model would be acceptable for lowering insurance costs and whatnot, but isn't insurance pretty expensive on a Camaro V6 anyways since it's probably classified as a sports car too?
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I don't see a need for a Camaro to have more than 425-450HP. If there were to be a ZL1 with say 475HP, who is honestly going to buy it for $45k or whatever over a base Vette that will have 450HP by that time? Unless you REALLY need the back seat (if it's even usable), what's the point?

I guess a V6 model would be acceptable for lowering insurance costs and whatnot, but isn't insurance pretty expensive on a Camaro V6 anyways since it's probably classified as a sports car too?

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Wel, why then in 1969 did they sell 69 ZL1 Camaros and only 2 ZL1 Corvettes?

I'd even pay $60,000 if I had it for a ZL1 Camaro wiht 500hp. The back seat, sleeper element and great muscle car styling would be worth it!
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Well if you're going to pay $60k for a ZL1 Camaro, wouldn't you really rather have a Z06 for $5k more? Again, the only thing I see reason for a ZL1 is for a back seat.
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I know a person buying a Camaro won't consider a Solstice, but in price range it sound a bit wierd to me with both starting at 19K. Just a random thought.
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They only manuifactured 243,000 Caamros in 1969... the demand FAR exceedes the supply. If we're lucky there's 100,000 of them on the road and drivable and another 40,000 sittign in backyards and barns waiting to be rescued.

There's PLENTY of people who want a '69 but can't afford one.. hell I'm one of them!

Mean time thought my heart says keep the Camaro V8 only my brain says we need the Secretary's model V6 for the rental car companies young guys & girls.

Look at NOS, he might not been able to afford a V8 and insure it at the same time.

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There will likely be more '69 Camaro's on the road now that the bodies are being reproduced...other than the frame, you can almost build one from a catalog now...kinda like a '32 Ford.

For more info, check out: http://www.dynacorn.com/
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Yes but CARS just started shipping the bodies oput earlier this year.... they MIGHT get a few thousand built a year... MIGHT. his is not goint to be in hughe numbers. There's like 7 different Kit car manufactureres who build Shelby Cobra replicas (even turn key cars wiht frames and engines) and yet they only make a few hundred every year.
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ToniCipriani - a Camaro convert wouldn't start at $19k so I don't think it would really compete with the Solstice for sales. However a Solstice coupe and a Camaro V6 might compete for sales. NOS - the GT500 doesn't have a Vette to run into at basically the same price range as a ZL1 would. I don't think many people would buy a $45k Camaro if they could have a Vette for the same price, unless of course they needed the back seat. Ford doesn't have anything above the GT500 until you get into six figure sums. If someone really wanted a super high-performance Camaro, they could just get an SS with the LS3 and supercharge it.
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Wasnt the Nova and Malibu identical sorry im not that familir with the old Malibu and Nova, and back to the camaro i think Chevy should make a yenko to compete wit the GT500
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I think Chevy sould offer a super high performance camaro regardless of whether or not it would run into the Vette's territory mainly because not everybody, believe it or not likes the Corvette's styling compared to the Camaro. Oh and one more thing, I'm not a camaro guy that just talks, I'm the proud owner of my 2001 fully loaded black SS Camaro that's my pride and joy.
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Don't get me wrong I love the Corvette, but I have friends telling me they love the look of my SS Camaro over the Corvette. I think it would be cool anyway that we chevy lovers would once again get the opportunity to order exactly what we want like it was in the sixties, now that would be really cool!
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There NEEDS to be a V6 model if you want the Camaro to last more than 3 years.  Most Mustangs (and 4th Gens) sold were V6 models.  A V8 for $22k, not bad, but a V6 for $19k would put Chevrolet in a much better position to sell a lot of them.  I dont want to hear more whining about "We dont have a Camaro" if it comes and goes in the course of a few years because nobody bought the damn things.  I'm sure thats what will happen anyways, as, from my experience, Camaro guys are usually all talk, where as Mustang guys go out and buy the cars.

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wow thats not a stupid remark or anything.
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Im sure this wont get good views on it... but why not make the 3.5L Atlas engine standard on it? 225hp isnt anything to laugh about, and they may be able to pull off 23/32 as far as MPG. and if they make the gearing right, it can sure feel fast... my lame @$$ 110hp 2.8L V6 feels (and sounds) fast
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I dont think an I-5 Camaro would go over well. The 4.2 would be a pretty nice base engine.
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I dont think an I-5 Camaro would go over well.  The 4.2 would be a pretty nice base engine.

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i was going to say 4.2, but that engine is too powerful for a base engine. too high insurance costs... thats why i went with the 3.5L... regardless if they were made to be revvers instead of stop light kings they could be some serious fun even if they arent all that powerful.
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Since we're talking about GM, it'll probably have the 3500 standard for the nest 28 years.
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Since we're talking about GM, it'll probably have the 3500 standard for the nest 28 years.

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yeah but by then itll be getting like 50mpg city and 100 highway and make like u know 212 hp by then.
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